The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development took an active interest in manufactured housing during the 1970s and declared rules for safe and reliable housing under the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standard.
HUD now governs construction and safety standards for the manufactured housing industry. And one aspect of these standards is labeling homes.
What is a HUD certification label?
Each manufactured home after June 15th, 1976, has a HUD certification label (HUD tag). This is a 6-digit number stamped into a 2 in. by 4 in. metal aluminum plate, which is attached to the home's exterior.
Where can I find my HUD tag?
You can find the metal HUD tag on your home's exterior, but you can also find the certification label information on data plates inside the home on or near the main electrical panel, in the kitchen cabinet, and in a bedroom closet.
What is a data plate?
A data plate is a paper label that contains other important information including a map of the U.S. and information about the wind zone, snow load and roof load of the home. It's a good idea to document the tag when you purchase your home. Make sure you have a copy of the number stored in your files just in case the tag is lost.
What if I can't find my HUD tag anywhere?
If you've lost your tag, no worries! You can request a Leter of Label Verification from the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS). Or call IBTS Label Department at (703) 481-2010. If you can't find your data plates, then contact the In-Plant Primary Inspection Agency and the manufacturer.
Not only does a HUD tag help you verify some information about your home such as the serial number of your home, it also guarantees you that your home meets stringent federal building standards. These building requirements ensure that your home is strong and durable and made to last a lifetime. You can find out more about what federal building requirements mean for your home by checking out the Learn section on Claytonhomes.com.